Confessions of a Selfish Woman
When a woman marries, she expects to give and share, but the amount depends on each issue. Sometimes you give one hundred percent and other times you might give as little as ten percent, hoping that it balances itself out around fifty-fifty. Or at least that’s one of the myths of marriage.
I have always done my own laundry. Now that I am married, my husband hears the clothes hamper lid close and he starts washing. My friends say they wish they had a husband who helped so much around the house. I think they have never experienced help around the house. My husband never takes into consideration: has it been washed before? Will it fade? Could it shrink, if placed in the dryer? No, my husband is unbiased when it comes to washing clothing. He treats everything the same. He doesn’t separate colors, but he’s learning. He’s had to replace a few articles of clothing and so now he has started asking questions, but I’m still hiding the things I don’t want him to wash.
We had a problem in the kitchen too. If I was cooking, he had to be in the kitchen. We were doing a kind of a Kitchen Dance. Every move I made he was where I needed to be. We danced around each other until I finally said, “We need some rules for the kitchen. If I’m cooking, you have to stay out.” My husband likes to cook so I thought he deserved the same consideration. “If you’re cooking, I’ll stay out.” It worked well for the most part. Occasionally he will sit on the bar stool looking forlorn watching every move I made. I started wondering if he was missing the Kitchen Dance.
Our lawn and garden rules weren’t issued with such tact.” Stay OUT of my Flower Gardens,” had to be strictly enforced. He was allowed to mow the grass. I’m waiting for the day he discovers you can mow without throwing the grass on the side walk. As long as he’s sweeping the grass off the sidewalk, I won’t tell him how to mow. Besides, sweeping occupies more of his time, and I’m thankful for every minute that I have alone.
I’ve started wondering where you draw the line on sharing things in a marriage. I’ll have to tell you I actually felt the heat building in my body whenever he picks up my glass of ice tea or coke to have a drink, he doesn’t ask, he just helps himself. Then I start thinking, he buys the groceries, he doesn’t have to ask for permission to take a drink of my iced tea or whatever I’m drinking. I still didn’t like it, so I bought myself a special insulated glass for my ice tea. Showing it to him I said, “This is my glass.” Translated in my mind, that means: Keep your hands off.
It didn’t do any good. I still feel heat boiling in the pit of my stomach when he helps himself to my drink. I think it’s the backwash that gets me.
I got irate over the flower garden and I’m still boiling over the ice tea glass, but when I opened the bathroom door and caught him powdering his personals with my puff, I considered murder. That powder was given to me as a birthday present. He hadn’t bought it and he hadn’t asked to powder his personals with my puff. My anger was indescribable. I wanted to snatch that puff from his hands and beat him unmercifully. Wasn’t there anything that didn’t have to be shared? This was getting way past sharing. It was on the edge of living in a dictatorship.
I’m a kind person for the most part, but, I need to have some things that are mine and mine alone, and that puff is one of those things.
I don’t know if I’m capable of sharing or going fifty-fifty in a marriage. I like having things that are just mine. I hid my powder and puff.
That husband has passed away, I wonder if he used his last wife’s powder puff.